Efficacy and research

Professor Andrew Blitz’s Students are Inspired to Learn Microsoft® Office with SAM

When novice computer users enter your course, they may feel intimidated or anxious about learning new and unfamiliar technologies. Likewise, they may also be juggling a number of responsibilities—requiring them to fit in study time wherever and whenever they can. In the following Success Story, you’ll see how SAM’s user-friendly interface, instant feedback, and 24/7, web-based availability has helped the students in Dr. Andrew Blitz’s Computer Literacy and Computer Applications for Business courses at Edison State College, Lee Campus (Fort Myers, FL) to reduce their anxiety towards technology, and how its step-by-step trainings, auto-graded assessments, realistic projects, and computer concepts labs promote student learning and retention. Read More…


OWL Helps Dr. Victoria Volkis’s Organic Chemistry Students Improve Performance

As you begin each term of your Organic Chemistry course, you likely see a class full of students who possess varying levels of mastery in the skills and concepts that are foundational to your course. Are you looking for an online learning solution that supports these needs and helps students achieve your (and their) academic standards and goals? In the following Success Story, you’ll see how Dr. Victoria Volkis of University of Maryland Eastern Shore (Princess Anne, MD) used OWL to provide her students with a high-quality learning experience that increases their motivation and helps them improve their performance. You’ll also learn more about OWL’s ability to provide instant feedback as well as tutorials and resources that support students’ mastery of concepts and their drive for success. Read More…


With SAM, Merlin Amirtharaj’s Computing Students can Learn at Their Own Pace

Students enter Computing courses with a variety of motivations, needs, and purposes—and they also come with a diverse set of learning needs and backgrounds. Thus, the learning solutions that you choose for your course should provide an environment that accommodates all proficiency levels. With self-paced training and projects that address multiple learning styles, SAM has allowed Merlin Amirtharaj’s students at Stanly Community College (Albemarle, NC) to work through their assignments as slowly or as quickly as their level of expertise allows. In the following Success Story, you’ll learn more about how Merlin uses SAM in her course, and how it’s helped her increase student engagement and retention, and how it enables her to ensure consistency in course content across a number of sections. Read More…


Skills Assessment Manager (SAM): Personalization, Productivity & Preparation to Increase Student Outcomes

Skills Assessment Manager (SAM) is an online learning environment that helps learners master Microsoft® Office skills and computer concepts that are essential to academic and career success. SAM engages students in self-paced learning of Microsoft Word®, Excel®, Access®, PowerPoint®, Windows®, Internet Explorer®, and Outlook®, as well as technology concepts and issues.

Can adding digital to your computer courses help? This white paper examines the findings of research conducted across the country with more than 1,000 participants concluding that adding a digital solution to a computer course benefits both instructors and students. Read More…


Efficacy of Online Learning Solutions in Introductory Psychology Courses

This report highlights the results of an efficacy study of the impact of using online learning solutions within entry-level college psychology courses. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of the CourseMate online learning solution on instructor productivity and student achievement and engagement. (To increase student engagement, CourseMate content and functionality is being incorporated into two other online solutions, Aplia™ and MindTap™, which are available and described later in this document.)

Project Tomorrow facilitated this study on behalf of Cengage Learning. Read More…


MindLinks — The New Rules of LMS Content Integration

The quality and quantity of publisher-provided content has increased dramatically over the past 20 years, since the introduction of academic learning management systems (LMS) in the 1990s. Today’s professors expect a wide range of digital content that can be quickly and easily loaded into the LMS.

See how some publishers are leveraging LMS standards to provide instructors with the ability to customize content and achieve gradebook integration within the LMS. Read More…


Enhanced WebAssign: Increasing Passing Rates in Beginning Algebra

Powerful online homework solution, Enhanced WebAssign, engages classroom learners with immediate feedback, rich tutorial content, and interactive eBooks, helping students to develop a deeper conceptual understanding of their subject matter. With passing rates hovering near 75%, could a redesign of beginning algebra to include online homework increase instructor effectiveness and student engagement and retention? In this study, follow the success of one program at the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay. Read More…


Aplia Sparks Increase in Learner Success Rates in Developmental Reading Course

Considering adding an online-learning homework solution to your repertoire but unsure of its effectiveness? In this study, follow the success of a developmental reading course at Mid-South Community College. You’ll learn how Aplia has lead learners to higher rates of achievement and helped instructors increase their effectiveness. Read More…


Positively Impacting Student Achievement: Studying the Effects of Library Resources in the Classroom

When students need reference content to complete their assignment, can you help them find relevant, credible information? In this paper, see how integrating Cengage Learning’s library resources enhanced and expanded the in-class experience for students and teachers alike.

The Cengage Learning team selected McKinley Tech for this efficacy study because the administrators at McKinley are faced with the same challenges and experiencing the same pressures as their peers across the country as they attempt to integrate technology into their classrooms. Read More…


Read It, Watch It, Listen to It — Gale It!

McKinley Technology High School

Gale Resources Efficacy Study — Year Two Results

How would incorporating accredited digital resources from Gale into a high school classroom affect students and teachers? This white paper highlights the results of the McKinley/Gale Study Project conducted by Project Tomorrow for Cengage Learning during the 2011-2012 school year at McKinley Technology High School in Washington, DC. The purpose of this efficacy study is to evaluate and document how teachers can use high-quality, digitally rich Gale resources from Cengage Learning to develop students’ 21st century skills, and what effects the use of technology in the classroom has on student engagement and performance. Read More…